AN OFF-DUTY firefighter who helped rescue a surfing holidaymaker has been praised for his actions.
Howard Davey, 44, with 20 years’ experience, normally stationed at Camborne, was bodyboarding at St Agnes on Saturday when he spotted Iona Steen, 28, struggling in the water.
Off-duty fireman , Howard Davey, grabbing the surfer who was struggling in water off St Agnes.
After a break, Miss Steen, from Brighton, had returned without her wetsuit.
She said: “With hindsight, I was very tired and I just kept being pushed under the water and became very distressed.”
He swam out and reassured her while encouraging her to kick her legs before RNLI lifeguard Dan Stirling approached on his rescue board.
Mr Davey added: “Iona became very limp and Dan carried her out from the water.
“For me it was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time.”
She said: “I was pretty dazed but he was really great and I felt very safe. Everyone was brilliant and I was very impressed with the whole team, including the paramedics and hospital staff.”
Dickon Berriman, RNLI lifeguard manager, praised the quick-thinking action, adding: “It’s really important that people keep an eye on each other in the water because you never know when someone is going to start struggling.”
Miss Steen was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and later released.